Testimonials & Media - What others & the media say about us

"Having tried nearly every traditional and natural therapy over many years, I was hopeful but sceptical that Ayurveda would finally resolve the issues.  Shanti and Sonja are absolutely amazing and after only 10 days I noticed a significant difference with all my concerns.  Four months later, my whole life has been transformed and every area of my health has seen a dramatic improvement.  I cannot recommend it enough, it has been literally life-changing for me." 
Elizabeth S

 There are too many wonderful things that can be said about studying with The Health Institute, I will state the most important. I did my Certificate IV Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant. It was a life changing experience, there is no turning back for me now, studying under master Shanti Gowans and her experienced, knowledgable, compassionate staff was a true honour.  I was treated as an individual, with professionalism, compassion and true dedication and respect for the ancient science of Ayurveda & Yoga. They are advocates to this profound way of living, as I now understand, the way to living a long and healthy life. I would highly recommend studying any course offered by The Health Institute, the support and understanding, along with the knowledge, passion and love, you cannot find elsewhere. There are so many courses on offer, the question is 'which one first'? Life is a journey and to be guided on this beautiful journey you have a real living master Shanti Gowans, what more can one ask for, for those of us who's life she has touched, we are blessed, honoured and we are loved... 
Tanya McFarland, Gold Coast Australia

Dear Shanti,
This is a letter which has replayed through my mind many times in the past months. So here I am now compelled to write this to you. Firstly, THANK YOU! it seems to me far to simple a word to describe and explain the fullness of my gratitude and love to you.

The last days of "Yoga Practice" 2011. I walked into "The Health Institute", searching! I was perhaps looking for a more relaxed way to keep fit. Or perhaps I was looking to just slow down and relax more with life. I was immediately drawn to your book on relationships "Intimacy, Love and Transformation", which I purchased there and then.
I managed to attend one Yoga practice before Christmas breakup. I was "blown away "by the shifts in my consciousness over the next three weeks. Up until this time my life had been filled with feelings of being unloved, poor me, what about me, I deserve better, I don't deserve this, etc,etc,etc. After literally 15 minutes into your book "Intimacy, Love and Transformation" something seemingly at that time incredible happened.
A light seemed to go on in my mind and illuminate parts of me that had never seen light before. A voice in my mind, my own voice, which I had never heard before, started to speak to me. I devoured your book in three days. Then read it again 3 times over the next three weeks. Every page guided me into my perception of my life.
I realised it was not and never was "about poor me". I saw how  I acted and reacted towards others and I didn't like a lot about what I discovered about my behaviour. I always thought I cared about others, but I saw my care was limited and superficial. (So long as it didn't intrude in my life).
I have a thirty year relationship with my Husband. Which for most of that time had been unhappy and conflicting. Your book changed EVERYTHING! Within weeks. Our problems were never all my husbands fault as I had believed. A lot of our conflict was due to my actions and attitudes. I saw for the first time that this dear man, my husband, had suffered greatly because of my egotism and selfishness. He was not the monster that I had created in my head. I WAS! I became conscious of my actions and reactions in our marriage.

What happened next I could not believe.............. My husband changed towards me. He responded to me with love and kindness that I have never seen from him in thirty years.

I have been attending Yoga Practice now regularly for 7 months and also your monthly spiritual discussions (with my husband). I have read twelve of your books, many several times. I have also had an Ayurvedic consultation to help fine tune my health and my life. The results have been astounding. Many friends ask me "What's happened to you? Your so calm and happy. " Even more astounding is many friends ask me "What's happened to your husband"? He's a different man. Friendly, laughing, happy at peace.
As a visual artist and photographer my work has progressed and improved at an amazing rate. My life is filled with so much love, passion and purpose. You have led me to discover empathy, compassion, and love for all things.
I now have an amazing marriage and love for a partner who has been by my side for thirty years. Sadly I never knew him. What I was searching for I always had. My self obsession blinded me to the love around me.

As I said at the beginning of this letter. "THANK YOU" !
Thank you from the depths of my soul. You have shone a light into my life, that is enabling me to dispel the darkness. I know my life can only get better and more enriching as my love grows.

With the greatest gratitude and love ,
Helen Selmeczy

Melbourne Herald

Shanti Gowans has been teaching yoga world-wide for over 20 years. She arrived in Australia from her home country Indian, in 1972 and began lecturing here a year later. She is now seen regularly on Channel 10’s ‘Good Morning Melbourne’.

The Fiji Times

A healthy mind in a healthy body…Shanti Gowans believes in broadening peoples lives and improving themselves.

The Green Place

…Simplicity and beauty are essential as a background…Shanti Gowans brings peace through Yoga.

Hobart Mercury

Shanti reaches out…
A smile from her face, a glow from her eyes…the quiet voice goes on…A touch of poetry helps explain something…
But you realize a philosophy built up from before 200BC cannot be explained in a short chat.
The easiest way to understand is to see what the belief of the philosophy is to Shanti.

Women’s Day

You can’t bottle Shanti Gowan’s beauty secrets.
Her anti-wrinkle formula revolves around relaxation, inner calm, healthy eating and yoga. If there’s a tense muscle…it’s well hidden.
There’s not a worry line, crow’s feet of pimple marrying her smooth olive complexion.

Progress Press

A fascinating Indian speaker, Mrs Shanti Gowans…’on the menu’.


Shanti Gowans displays the youthful qualities of yoga.

Waverley Gazette

Highlight of International week, Shanti, well=known personality of Channel 10 and the Herald…her ‘philosophy for living’ helps the housewife relax, gain happiness and keep well.

The Wimmera Mail Times

Exercise, relaxation and a vegetarian diet. Melbourne television personality Shanti Gowans gives students at Horsham an insight on natural food and health.
…visiting relaxation expert, Shanti Gowans.
…A meditation expert, Shanti Gowans…
…Horsham 398 Primary school children bent over backwards to do their best when Yoga expert Shanti Gowans visited.

Pakenham Gazette

Shanti’s TV program covers a variety of subjects including philosophy and interesting items with artifacts about India.
For people in offices, she talks and writes on ‘Keep fit while you sit’ and for those in shops ‘Keep fit while you stand’. Shanti has a great deal to give generally to the public…

Hotel Australia Luncheon Club Newsletter

A slender most sensitive faced Indian Yoga teacher in her colorful Sari, with tender soft voice…Shanti enchants all those who listen to her.
Many people follow her advice from the television program, others attend her school and yet more go on tours with her to Bali, Fiji and India.
Her breathing techniques aid health and beauty, the many postures she teaches have therapeutic effects. She has taught in India, U.K. the continent, Manila, Indonesia and Fiji.

Dandenong-Springvale-Oakleigh Journal

“Do let Shanti tailor strategies for you in health and fitness, stress management, deep relaxation therapy, personal motivation and weight control…hot to relax and succeed” – Georgina Meadows.

Rotary Club of Hobart Newsletter

…I feel that Shanti gave us a new insight into ourselves. “It was amazing how Shanti was able to instruct eighty Rotarians in the rudiments of meditation and several members have told me how helpful they found it.” (Talks Chairman: Rev. Harlan Butterley. Dean, Church of England.)

Beauty Editor, Women’s Day

Shanti’s features are very reminiscent of Sophia Loren…huge almond-shaped eyes, sweeping brows, powerful cheekbones, full generous mouth and her jet black hair tumbles luxuriantly down her back. She spends minimum time caring for her skin and hair; maximum time relaxing, meditating, exercising and ‘sharing the total body experience of yoga’ with others.

About Shantiji

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

India-Nepal Tour

Travel with Shanti & Peter Gowans this November for a trip of a lifetime. 

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